KFH
KFH 1240 Sports logo.png
Broadcast areaWichita metropolitan area
Frequency1240 kHz
Branding97.5 & 1240 KFH
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatSports radio
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
October 28, 1947 (1947-10-28)
Former call signs
KAKE (1947–80)
KAKZ (1980–85)
KRZZ (1985–87)
KNSS (1987–2004)
[1][2]
Call sign meaning
"Kansas' Finest Hotel" (studios were formerly in Carey House Square at Douglas and Emporia, Wichita)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID53598
ClassC
Power630 watts (unlimited)
Transmitter coordinates
37°43′06″N 97°19′05″W / 37.71833°N 97.31806°W / 37.71833; -97.31806
Translator(s)97.5 K248CY (Wichita)
Repeater(s)98.7 KNSS-HD2 (Clearwater)
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Websitewww.audacy.com/kfh

KFH (1240 AM) is a commercial radio station in Wichita, Kansas.[3] The station is owned by Audacy, Inc.[4] It airs a sports radio format. The station's studios and offices are located on East Douglas Avenue.

KFH is powered at 630 watts, using a non-directional antenna. The transmitter is off West 19th Street, in Wichita, near Interstate 135.[5] Programming is also heard in Wichita and adjacent communities on 250 watt FM translator K248CY at 97.5 MHz.

Programming

KFH mostly carries nationally syndicated programs from ESPN Radio. Two local shows are heard on weekdays: Sports Daily with Bruce Haertl and Shane Dennis in late mornings and The Drive with Bob and Jeff Lutz in afternoon drive time. Some features from CBS Sports Radio are also heard, along with the syndicated Jim Rome Show in middays.

KFH carries Kansas City Royals baseball and Kansas City Chiefs football. It also airs University of Kansas Jayhawks football and men's basketball games (even calling itself at one point "Kansas Fan Headquarters").

History

(For the history of the 1330 frequency, see KNSS)

KAKE radio

On October 28, 1947, the station signed on the air as KAKE, owned by the KAKE Broadcasting Company, Inc., and aired a full service format.[6] The station's original power, was only 250 watts and the studios were located at 416 West Douglas Avenue. The station was a network affiliate of the Mutual Broadcasting System and later the Don Lee Network.

In 1954, KAKE added a TV station, KAKE-TV. It eventually affiliated with ABC. The AM station got an increase to 1,000 watts by day, remaining at 250 watts at night.[7]

In the 1970s, KAKE switched to a middle of the road (MOR) format of popular music, news and talk. KAKE was affiliated with the ABC Entertainment Network.[8]

KAKZ and KRZZ

In 1979, the TV station was sold to the Chronicle Publishing Company, parent company of the San Francisco Chronicle. While the TV station kept the KAKE-TV call sign, KAKE changed its call letters to KAKZ on February 1, 1980, flipped to adult contemporary, and was sold to Misco Broadcasting Company.[9] KAKZ would change to adult standards in 1981, return to adult contemporary briefly in 1984, and then to news/talk. New West bought KAKZ in 1985; on October 1 of that year, KAKZ changed call letters to KRZZ, flipped back to adult contemporary, and began simulcasting on KRZZ-FM (then at 95.9 FM, now at 96.3 FM).[10]

KNSS

On September 14, 1987, the station became all-talk as KNSS, adding shows from the ABC Talk Radio Network and NBC Talknet.[11][12]

KNSS would change ownership in the 1990s; Prism Radio bought KNSS in 1993, followed by SFX Broadcasting in 1997. In 2000, Entercom acquired both KNSS and another AM station in Wichita, KFH.[13]

KFH

On August 30, 2004, KFH moved from AM 1330 to AM 1240; concurrently, the KNSS call sign and format moved from AM 1240 to AM 1330.[14][15] The reason for this was signal strength; 1330 has a better signal, at 5,000 watts, while 1240 broadcast at 1,000 watts full time.[16]

After the frequency swap, KFH continued with a hot talk format, carrying shows such as Don & Mike and Loveline. It shifted back to a more mainstream talk format in 2006. On May 9, 2011, KFH changed its format to all-sports, affiliating with ESPN Radio. Programming was also simulcast on 98.7 FM, also owned by Entercom. It switched its call sign to KFH-FM, giving sports listeners the option to hear sports talk and play by play on either AM or FM.

New studios and new FM station

In early 2015, Entercom moved its Wichita radio stations to the Ruffin Building at 9111 East Douglas. It was formerly the Pizza Hut corporate headquarters.[17]

KFH gave up its 50,000 watt FM simulcast on October 12, 2016, as KFH-FM became KNSS-FM, simulcasting the talk programming on KNSS. Entercom moved KFH's programming to a 250 watt FM translator station, K248CY (97.5 FM).[18]

References

  1. ^ "FCC History Cards for KFH".
  2. ^ "KFH Facility Data". FCCData.
  3. ^ KFH on Radio-Locator
  4. ^ KFH in the FCC AM station database
  5. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KFH
  6. ^ Information from the Broadcasting Yearbook 1948 page 132
  7. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1969 page B-67
  8. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1980 page C-88
  9. ^ Dorothy Belden, "KAKE-AM May Get New Name: KAKZ", The Wichita Eagle, December 10, 1979.
  10. ^ Bob Curtright, "KAKZ, Talk Radio Soon Just Memories in Wichita", The Wichita Eagle-Beacon, September 13, 1985.
  11. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1995 page B-160
  12. ^ "KNSS planning to try to become 'the ESPN of radio'", The Wichita Eagle-Beacon, September 11, 1987.
  13. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2005 page D-222
  14. ^ "Call Sign History".
  15. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/sta_det.pl?Facility_id=53598 [1]
  16. ^ Bob Curtright, "KNSS, KFH to switch AM radio frequencies at the end of the month", The Wichita Eagle, August 11, 2004.
  17. ^ "Entercom Radio to move to Ruffin Building". Archived from the original on 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  18. ^ "Which Wichita radio stations are moving spots on the dial?". The Wichita Eagle. October 7, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.